Short Stories


One-shot short stories. Serial stories are collated on the Longer Works page.


beach with orange setting sun

But it was alright. Rin never let herself dwell on these kinds of thoughts for too long. She had to be happy with what little she had – and right in this moment, standing barefooted on the hot sand and closer to the ocean than she’d ever been, she was happy enough to be alive.


Short Stories

Playlist: A Short Story

6:32. I open my eyes slowly to the gaze of the red flashing numbers on the bedside clock. I was dreaming about something, I can’t remember… A few moments pass and then I pull myself out of bed. Toilet, wash-up,…

Affinity

One windy August morning, Kioko Sashihara walked onto the empty, artificial tourist beach with an overdriven desire to die. Where the paved road merged with the grainy off-white sand, she knelt down and removed both of her sandals. Then, carrying…

Formless Daydreams: A Short Story

Standing inside the lone convenience store near my school, I shift my weight from my right foot to my left, then back to my right. I juggle the items in my hands – a carton of milk, a bag of…

Spirit Dreams at Midnight: A Short Story

It was a humid summer night. A young woman sat at the edge of a small wooden dock, dangling her long legs into the lake. The deep blue water around her shimmered beautifully in the light of the waning moon,…

Songs Without End: A Short Story

The musician arrived on the day of the first autumn rain. He wore a faded blue t-shirt, olive green cargo shorts, and an old pair of running shoes. His hair was brownish and flowed down to his shoulders in slight…

Life Beyond the Setting Sun: A Short Story

The tales speak of a strange phenomenon where the shadow of a person who has loved deeply throughout their lifetime may on the day of their death wander the earth until the disappearance of the setting sun. Of those tales,…